The Huffington Post reports on Donald Trump’s Monday foreign policy speech, trying to undermine his announcement of an ideological test for immigrants that would filter out supporters of Sharia Law. Instead of calling the proposal racist or bigoted, HuffPo authors Christina Wilkie and Elise Foley can only argue it would be difficult to execute.
From the Huffington Post:
Under the framework Trump laid out in a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, anyone applying for a visa to enter the United States would be subjected to what Trump called “extreme, extreme vetting.”
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today,” Trump said. “I call it extreme, extreme vetting. Our country has enough problems. We don’t need more. And these are problems like we’ve never seen before.
“In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles ― or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.”
Trump did not elaborate on how he plans to overcome the enormous logistical challenge of issuing ideology tests to millions of would-be visitors and residents. Trump repeatedly said his “extreme, extreme vetting” would apply to visas in general, and not just to applicants for residency. A policy adviser for Trump did not respond to questions from The Huffington Post about how far Trump’s vetting would go.
In 2001, Trump pointed to poor visa vetting as being partly responsible for the 9/11 attacks. “The 9/11 hijackers had fraud written all over their visas,” he said. Those visas, however, were student, business and tourist visas.
He also warned of the danger of refugees and said he plans to welcome no more Syrians to the U.S., failing to mention that more than half of the Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. this fiscal year have been under the age of 18.
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